Tagged: climate change

It’s a Friday night in Invercargill for eastern moa during the Ice Age - Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives

Nic Rawlence May 11, 2022

In the depths of winter, most people from southern New Zealand head to warmer climes for a much-needed dose of Vitamin D. Yet during the height of the last Ice Age, one species of moa did just the opposite.  I’m reminded of Bill Bailey’s En Route to Normal tour that visited Dunedin last year where he was performing one of his … Read More

IPCC report: Coastal cities are sentinels for climate change. It’s where our focus should be as we prepare for inevitable impacts - The Changing Climate

Guest Author Mar 03, 2022

Bruce Glavovic, Massey University Coastal cities and settlements are on the climate change frontline. They are our first line of defence, facing some of the highest climate risks. But they are also where transformative climate-resilient development can happen. This is one of the key findings in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report on Impacts, … Read More

IPCC report: this decade is critical for adapting to inevitable climate change impacts and rising costs - The Changing Climate

Guest Author Mar 03, 2022

Judy Lawrence, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington; Alistair Woodward, University of Auckland; Anita Wreford, Lincoln University, New Zealand, and Mark John Costello, University of Auckland Climate change impacts in Aotearoa New Zealand are real and future risks are high, according to the latest report released today by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The report … Read More

Oceans are better at storing carbon than trees. In a warmer future, ocean carbon sinks could help stabilise our planet - The Changing Climate

Guest Author Feb 17, 2022

Rupert Sutherland, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington and Laia Alegret, Universidad de Zaragoza We think of trees and soil as carbon sinks, but the world’s oceans hold far larger carbon stocks and are more effective at storing carbon permanently. In new research published today, we investigate the long-term rate of permanent carbon removal by seashells of … Read More

Exploring Antarctica’s hidden under-ice rivers and their role in future sea-level rise - The Changing Climate

Guest Author Feb 14, 2022

Huw Joseph Horgan, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington and Craig Stevens, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Underneath Antarctica’s vast ice sheets there’s a network of rivers and lakes. This is possible because of the insulating blanket of ice above, the flow of heat from within the Earth, and the small amount of heat generated as … Read More

Volcanoes, plague, famine and endless winter: Welcome to 536, what historians and scientists believe was the ‘worst year to be alive’ - News

Guest Author Feb 04, 2022

Miles Pattenden, Australian Catholic University It’s only February and already 2022 is shaping up badly. A huge volcanic eruption off the coast of Tonga, the prospect of war with Russia, the ongoing pandemic (and its economic disruptions). And that’s even before we touch on Chinese sabre-rattling over Taiwan or Sex and the City’s disastrous reboot. Welcome to the New Year: … Read More

‘We do all need to change our ways of living’: Interview with David Hall on climate change and democracy - Planetary Ecology

Robert McLachlan Jan 26, 2022

Dr David Hall is a political theorist with a research focus on climate change, sustainable finance, and land use. He has a DPhil in Politics from the University of Oxford and currently is Senior Lecturer at the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy, AUT University, and Chair of the Vice-Chancellor’s Sustainability Taskforce. He is also co-founder of Mōhio’s … Read More

COVID will dominate, but New Zealand will also have to face the ‘triple planetary crisis’ this year - News

Guest Author Jan 26, 2022

Nathan Cooper, University of Waikato As New Zealand’s government prepares to deal with a looming Omicron outbreak, this won’t be the only major issue it will have to tackle this year. 2022 will be important for environmental and climate action. Several key developments are expected throughout the year, both in New Zealand and internationally, focusing on climate change and … Read More

New Zealand summers are getting hotter – and humans aren’t the only ones feeling the effects - The Changing Climate

Guest Author Jan 12, 2022

Cate Macinnis-Ng, University of Auckland   It’s not a mirage, our summers are getting hotter on average and we are experiencing more extremely hot days. News from NIWA that 2021 was New Zealand’s hottest year on record fits with the long term trend. Analysis of 70 years of data has shown extreme hot days are increasing at a … Read More